In addition to honorary recognition, listing in the State Register results in these benefits for historic properties:
Consideration in the planning of local and state-funded or otherwise state-assisted projects: Listing on the State Register can help property owners and communities be more effective advocates for their historic properties by recognizing these resources as vital parts of a community and its landscape. Both state and federal historic preservation regulations seek to protect identified historic resources during activities such as governmental land sales and transportation projects.
Qualification for state financial assistance for preservation projects, when funds are available: Historic preservation grants and funding from sources such as the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) and Conservation License Plate funds (Moose Plate) use eligibility for or listing on the State Register, among other criteria, as a qualifying requirement. Private initiatives, such as grant programs from local historical societies, may use State Register listing as a requirement as well.
Special consideration or relief in the application of access, building and safety codes: Historic properties, including those listed on the State Register, are offered special consideration in the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act, building, energy, and fire codes, the state lead poisoning prevention law and administrative rules, and the state floodplain ordinance. Historic properties are not exempt from these code regulatory processes. However, during the review and approval process, historic property owners, with NHDHR assistance if desired, can work with regulatory agencies to develop plans that meet preservation, access, building, and safety needs.
A complimentary one-year membership to the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance: Founded in 1985, the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance works to preserve the state’s historic buildings, landscapes and communities through leadership, advocacy and education. A non-profit membership group, the Preservation Alliance works with the NHDHR on many projects and generously offers State Register property owners a complimentary one-year membership, giving each a voice in protecting the beauty of New Hampshire and the places people value.
A State Register plaque is also available for purchase by property owners.
NH State Register of Historic Resources sign markers